Pubs are a prominent feature of any streetscape. David Fisher's profusely illustrated talk will look at the architecture and historical development of these iconic public buildings in Brighton and Hove, the breweries that supplied and usually owned them, and consider the context of the social conditions in which they operated. All are invited. Admission free. ...continue reading "John Small lecture : Drink in Brighton (and Regency Society Annual General Meeting)"
All tickets have now been sold for this event. The terrace and arches were designed by Brighton borough surveyor Philip Causton Lockwood and opened in 1890. They have been closed to the public since 2012. In this year's Antony Dale Lecture, Lian Harter, senior project lead at the heritage consultants Purcell, will describe the ...continue reading "Antony Dale Lecture: Restoring the Madeira Terrace"
A Regency Society free lecture by Kit Wedd All are invited, no need to book. The Victorian Building Site: the system of speculative suburban development, house planning and architectural style, the trades involved in constructing the house, and the hierarchy of labour on the building site. Kit Wedd is a historic buildings adviser, ...continue reading "The Victorian House"
The Royal Pavilion and Museums Trust looks after a large and varied collection of art works, with around 1,300 paintings and 8,000 works on paper. Many of these are by well-known and important artists, ranging from Philippe de Champaigne, Poussin and William Blake to Aubrey Beardsley, Walter Sickert and Frank Stella. Works are displayed across ...continue reading "Brighton & Hove Art Collection"
Cranes towering over the city are a common sight. Streetscapes are being transformed. Housing is being built to meet need and targets. A panel of experts will discuss current objectives and strategies and what we may expect in the near future. The discussion will look at the wider context of national and local policy, infrastructure, ...continue reading "Housing: Status and Future"
The arches of the Madeira Terrace, the distinctive Victorian lamp posts, including those in the Royal Pavilion gardens, and seafront railings still adorning Brighton were cast at the Phoenix Iron works of John Every in Lewes. John Blackwell will tell the story of the source of so much of the city's heritage street furniture. All ...continue reading "John Every Phoenix Iron Works"
The Regency Society's annual general meeting will be held at the Hove Club on Wednesday 12 April 2023. Full details will appear elsewhere on the website, including information about standing for election as a trustee. All are welcome but only members will be able to vote. However, it will be followed by Wilds & Busby ...continue reading "AGM and John Small Lecture"
The Society’s annual garden party will be held at the Secret Garden in Bristol Gardens, Kemp Town between 2.30pm and 5.00pm on Saturday 10 June 2023. Tickets cost £12.50 per person. This includes a glass of wine or a soft drink and canapés. Members are welcome to buy additional tickets for guests. Non-members of the ...continue reading "Summer Garden Party 2023"
Antony Dale Lecture 2023 The Royal Pavilion and Museums Trust is preparing to reconfigure the gardens following John Nash's designs of 1826, which will include the controversial proposal of night closure. The lecture will present the history of the garden from the Prince Regent's time onward, its current management and the plans for the redesign. ...continue reading "Royal Pavilion Garden Through Time"
Burges was responsible for designing the second, larger, half of the church of St Michael and All Angels and was an exponent of ‘High Victorian’ architecture. This lecture about his life and work will be held in the church as a joint event with the Friends of St Michael. Matthew Williams is an expert on ...continue reading "William Burges—Gothic Revival Genius"
A Regency Society free lecture by Karen Averby All are invited. No need to book. Since Brighton emerged as an exclusive resort in the 18th century, its varied visitors have required accommodation. In the early days newly built houses were leased for the ‘season’, but increasing visitor numbers led to the growth of commercial ventures, ...continue reading "Seaside Hotels"
A forum of guest speakers will describe pending and recent developments in the city to open a discussion of these projects and their wider context. Among possible propositions to consider are Churchill Square, King Alfred, Valley Gardens, the Hove Station Quarter, Edward Street and the Kemp Town gasworks site. Are they adding value to the ...continue reading "Coming soon to a street near you"
A free Regency Society lecture All are invited. No need to book. One of the most interesting and exciting award-winning architectural firms of the moment, Stephen Proctor and Andrew Matthews will talk about place-making, clarifying urban areas, respecting historical contexts, strengthening a sense of place and identity. Among their works are a neighbourhood of new ...continue reading "Proctor and Matthews, Architects"
A free Regency Society lecture by Dr Katie Carpenter All are invited. No need to book. This talk delves into the extraordinary life of Caroline of Brunswick, the despised wife of George IV. Whilst Caroline was loved by the public, she was hated by her husband, who spend much of his marriage trying to be ...continue reading "Caroline of Brunswick: Queen on trial"